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NY Boy Scouts pay tribute to fallen scout from Newtown, CT

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Last week's shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School touched lots of people around the country and world. One group in particular felt an extra special connection to the victims of the school: The Boy Scouts of America. Thursday, Tiger Cub Benjamin Wheeler was laid to rest. Our Iris St. Meran has more from the scout leaders from Central and Northern New York who went down there to honor the six-year-old.

NEWTOWN, Conn. -- When you're a Boy Scout, you receive training to help in almost any situation. But nothing could prepare them for Thursday's task, burying a brother. Last week, six-year-old Benjamin Wheeler, a Tiger Cub was killed in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut.

Boy Scouts of America Vice President of Public Affairs for Longhouse Council Scott Armstrong said, "I think when we see pictures of the scouts that were murdered, we look at those boys and we see our own."

It was for that reason Armstrong and other scout leaders from New York's Longhouse Council made the trip to Newtown, Connecticut to pay their respects to Wheeler.

The boy had just joined in September, and his parents are also scout leaders with pack 170.

"Our message was, 'We're here to support you. We will do anything you want,'” Armstrong said. “A lot of our mission today was to help relieve local leaders of responsibility of organizing this big influx of scout units, particularly from out of their area."

And several of the scout leaders that went on the trip helped lead the honor guard, answering a call to honor someone who had his whole life ahead of him.

Armstrong said, "We were very happy to help and I think we have some friends in Newtown, Connecticut now."

They became new friends, but will always be brothers.

Out of the 20 children killed, two were Cub Scouts and three were siblings of older Cub Scouts. The other scout who killed in the shootings was six-year-old Jack Pinto. He was laid to rest earlier this week.

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